Collaboratively replicating encoded content on RSUs to enhance video services for vehicles

Yipeng Zhou*, Jiawen Chen, Guoqiao Ye, Di Wu, Jessie Hui Wang, Min Chen

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With the development of smart cities, Internet services will be pervasively accessible for moving vehicles. It is envisioned that the video content demand of vehicles will explode in the near future. However, the strategy to efficiently distribute video content in large-scale vehicular networks is still absent due to challenges arising from the huge video population, heavy bandwidth consumption, heterogeneous user devices, and vehicles' mobility. In this work, we propose to collaboratively replicate video content on Roadside Units (RSUs) to enhance video distribution services based on the fact that the contact period between moving vehicles and a single RSU is not long enough to complete video downloading. In our design, a video file is split into multiple chunks. Each RSU replicates a small number of original chunks and chunks encoded by network coding. Replicating encoded chunks can reduce redundancy of chunks on different RSUs so that RSUs can complement each other better, whereas original chunks can be transrated to chunks with lower bitrates flexibly to fit in users' devices. Therefore, we replicate both original and encoded chunks on RSUs to take advantages of both sides. Stochastic models are employed to analyze chunk download processes and a convex optimization problem is formulated to determine the optimal partition of space allocated to each kind of chunks. Furthermore, we extend our strategy to support video streaming services and empirically prove that the influence caused by limitations of network coding is moderate. In the end, we conduct extensive simulations which not only validate the accuracy of our models but also demonstrate that our strategy can effectively boost video distribution services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)877-892
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021


  • Roadside unit
  • encoded chunks
  • video file downloading
  • vehicular networks


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